Oz, Succulents and Running in Tulsa

Happy Monday everyone!

Miley and I hopped in a loaded down car on Friday for the last “visit” to Tulsa!  Next time it’ll be just me in a Penske truck with everything except Miley and a week’s worth of clothing in the back.  The big move happens the first weekend in August – I’ll take all of my things up and then fly back to finish out my last week of work teaching at the University of Texas.  I could not be more relieved to not have to trek south on I-35 again!

Ready to roll!

Ready to roll!

While there was plenty of house work and business work to be done this weekend, I decided it was time to treat Tulsa a little more like I would as a resident and made it a point to go to a few events with my friend Katie and even meet some people who could be new friends!


Facebook tipped me off to an event at the Philbrook Museum of Art on Friday night.  Most cities I’ve lived in have a summer movie series and Tulsa (thankfully!) is no different.  I immediately suggested that we go as soon as I found out it was the Wizard of Oz playing (my all time favorite movie).  We packed a basket of brie, granny smith apples, Riesling and crackers.  Bug spray, a blanket and waters.  The Philbrook is a beautiful mansion surrounded by amazing gardens.  We were nestled amongst the trees off the side lawn.


This week was the first of four weeks that will have shows this summer.  All movies are from the year 1939, celebrating their 75th birthdays along with the Philbrook Museum!

The schedule for the rest of the season is:

  • July 18: Wuthering Heights
  • July 25: Love Affair
  • August 1: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (the last one for the summer, I’ll be back!)

Every week you can expect a good crowd, a different food truck (Andolini’s Pizza for us!) and picnicking!  Lawn chairs, wine and kids are allowed, but no pups.

Not in Kansas...

Not in Kansas…


Saturday was a day for succulents!  I’m not sure if these plants are a new trend or have been around forever and it’s one of those things you find out about when you’re old enough.  But I love them.  They’re so easy to take care of (example: I was given a little planter of 3 for a housewarming gift over a month ago.  I left them on the mantle for four weeks and they were still alive when I came back this weekend!)

Retro Den hosted a “plant your own succulents” party on Saturday and I made it a point to stop by between exploring Tulsa and picking up paint samples.  I browsed Retro Den the last time I was in town, looking for pieces to fill the empty house and while I don’t anticipate an entire home of retro pieces, I do love the idea of choosing a few key items out (and have my eyes on a few things there!)

My own creation!

My own creation!

I picked out my own planter, this gold loaf pan, and my own succulents from around their shop.  I met one of the owners, Ashley D (the other owner is also an Ashley!) and she helped me form a base layer of rocks, situate the individual plants and then cover the dirt with more rocks.  All that service and my own mini-garden for less than $20!

It was a great event, made complete with several food trucks outside.  A yummy Chicago dog was enjoyed by yours truly 🙂


Runnin’ Fools are still going strong!  We bumped up to 4 miles this week and enjoyed coffee, breakfast sandwiches and conversation at Foolish Things afterward.  Our run took us on the Midland Valley Trail (which I think we’ll use often!).  There are water fountains, shade and pavement, situated away from traffic.  A runner’s/biker’s/mover’s heaven!

Runnin' Fools!

Runnin’ Fools!

Sunday we had to leave to make the southern trek back to Austin.  But not before another romp with the kiddo on Turkey Mountain (an almost brilliant idea.  She slept the entire ride home….but stank like river rats).  This time she had two furry black companions.  I am certain we’re both going to love it here – til next time Tulsa!

Trailblazers on Turkey Mountain

Trailblazers on Turkey Mountain


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